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Elderly couple robbed in Apex home

Posted December 6, 2012

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— Police were searching Thursday for a man who robbed an elderly couple in their Apex home at knifepoint.

Mildred Perry, 84, was returning home, at 306 Olive St., at about 12:50 p.m. after a trip to the grocery store when a masked man brandishing a knife forced her inside and demanded cash, police said.

Her husband, Ronald Perry, 86, was home at the time, and he told WRAL News that he heard a man threatening his wife. When he went to check on her, he said, the armed man told him to sit down or he would be killed.

"I begged him not to hurt us," Mildred Perry said in a call to 911. "He told me he was a drug addict and he needed money, and I gave him all I had."

She told the dispatcher the man threatened to rape her if she didn't give him more money. He then fled on foot, she said.

Neither of the Perrys was injured in the robbery, police said.

Police: Elderly in Wake being targeted for robberies Police: Elderly in Wake being targeted for robberies

Apex Middle School was locked down for about a half-hour while police searched the area for the robber.

Mary Morris, who has lived across from the Perrys for nearly four decades, said she was appalled that someone would prey on someone so vulnerable.

"We don't worry normally that much about the neighborhood," Morris said. "I just have to think it has to be an isolated thing with somebody who's pretty desperate."

Both Ronald and Mildred Perry have had heart problems in the past, she said, and she was relieved that they weren't hurt and didn't suffer and medical issues during the robbery.

"I'm just grateful they weren't hurt. They could have been really harmed because they don't really have the skills to take care of themselves," she said.

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The robber was described as black, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim build and either a shaved head or very short hair. He was dressed all in black.

Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department said investigators believe similar robberies targeting elderly victims returning home from shopping have occurred in Wake County, and they were checking with police in Cary and Raleigh and Wake County deputies to determine if the same man might be responsible.

"It frightens us and worries us that people would attack the elderly," Stephens said.

She added that holiday shoppers, especially the elderly, should be extra cautious and mindful of their surroundings.

"Before you get out of your car, try to see if anybody is around," she said. "If anybody looks strange that's around your home or street, if you're worried, don't stop at your home. Drive around the block to see if they leave."

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Apex Police Department at 919-362-8661 or send an anonymous text to TIP411, using keyword APEXPD.

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  • StuckHere Dec 7, 2:28 p.m.

    MitziGaynor: "...NO STUCKHERE...man has a choice of robbing and killing. Whether it be with their own hands, or anything that can be used as a weapon. ANYTHING. You will NEVER unarm Americans...."

    Was that your retort to my comment? Really? Yikes.

  • PowderedToastMan Dec 7, 10:40 a.m.

    MitziGaynor-- c'mon man..blaming Obama for this? Really? As if robbiers never happened before??! And as if the perp would ever try to find a real job??!

  • Lovemy2kids Dec 7, 10:34 a.m.

    Thank goodness they were not hurt.

  • Huey Dec 7, 9:55 a.m.

    "plain & simple...we are not tough enough on crime. guaranteed this perp has some record & should've been locked up long ago.
    - autismawareness" That sums it up in a nutshell. The so called justice system is not working. And as the economy gets worse crime will increase. I sure hope things get better but considering the actions of those in Washington I wouldn't bet on it.

  • free2bme Dec 7, 9:25 a.m.

    It is so sad- mitzigaynor- how all the problems in this world are President Obama's fault. It just shows how some people only blame and point fingers,just full of negativity-so unnecessary. The bad thing is that some crazy drug addict violated these elderly people and is still out there somewhere. The Perry's are in their 80's and appear to be good law biding citizens, they did not deserve this. My prayers are with them and I am glad they no additonal harm came to them. I also pray that that the police catch this thief before he harms someone else.

  • autismawareness Dec 7, 9:24 a.m.

    plain & simple...we are not tough enough on crime. guaranteed this perp has some record & should've been locked up long ago.

  • Vincent Vega Dec 7, 9:07 a.m.

    Unbroken: if the 84 y.o. couple were gun owners? Yup, bet they are the fastest draws in the west... so to speak.

    You are clueless like most, I'm sure you'll recall A 92-year-old World War II veteran shot and killed a suspected robber who attempted to break into his Kentucky home Monday morning. Two other men believed to be involved in the botched home invasion are lucky to have escaped with their lives and are now behind bars. My favorite quote from him was "The only way you going to stop this is you have to leave one laying in the grass. That’s the only way you’re [going to] stop it,” Jones said.

  • MitziGaynor Dec 7, 8:48 a.m.

    Love how most people are talking about guns. This guy was threatening rape and taking advantage of the elderly. He didn't need a gun to threaten them (one that I am sure is legal and all, lol) Once again, the new product of an immoral society and an Obama economy.

  • MitziGaynor Dec 7, 8:45 a.m.

    tiddleywinx: "Knife,gun,golf club or just a plain ole' rock..."

    Only one of those was made for the sole purpose of killing.

    NO STUCKHERE...man has a choice of robbing and killing. Whether it be with their own hands, or anything that can be used as a weapon. ANYTHING. You will NEVER unarm Americans. Of course that is what Hitler did and you support that mentality. Figures.

  • StuckHere Dec 7, 8:33 a.m.

    tiddleywinx: "Knife,gun,golf club or just a plain ole' rock..."

    Only one of those was made for the sole purpose of killing.

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